Data Hack 2021

21/04/2021 to 23/05/2021


Main Theme: Post-COVID-19 Opportunities: What People want to Do After the Pandemic 


  • Health and Ageing Issues 
  • Leisure, Retail and Tourism  
  • Media, Culture and Entertainment 
  • Financial Industry 

Date: 21 May 2021 (Fri) – 23 (Sun) May 2021



We are pleased to invite you to participate in the Data Hack 2021 and pre-hackathon workshops. All CUHK students are welcome to join.


  • Promoting innovation skills, including data and digital competency to CUHK students
  • Enhancing multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional collaboration among CUHK students


  • Within 48 hours, participants will apply knowledge and skills from what they have learnt in the pre-hackathon workshops about data mining to solve the current problem in the Post-COVID-19 era. Participants shall select one sub-theme among the four and work as a one group to provide a solution in an innovative way. Participants will have a group presentation of their solutions in Day 3.
  • The winning presentations will be awarded various prizes as detailed below.


Eligibility and Registration 

We welcome CUHK students to join the Data Hack 2021 in teams or as individuals . To join in teams,  each group should have 3 to 5 members and should comprise of students from both faculty group 1 and 2. 

Group 1: Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Business Administration, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Social Science

Group 2: Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Science 

Please register here

Deadline for registration is 20 May 2021.


Team Prizes (sponsored by the CUHK Library):

Champion: HKD 4,000 of e-voucher

1st Runner up: HKD2,000 of e-voucher

2nd Runner up: HKD1,000 of e-voucher


Gifts (sponsored by Amazon Web Services (AWS):

  • Free USD 100 AWS credits and AWS phone charging cables (with 3 types of output) for every participant who have signed up AWS Educate platform.
  • AWS laptop bags for the winning team


Assessment Criteria

  • Originality (30%) 
  • Impact (40%) 
  • Feasibility (20%) 
  • Affordability (10%) 


Pre-Hackathon Workshops

Participants of Data Hack 2021 are invited to join the pre-hackathon workshops to get prepared for the competition in the Data Hack 2021.  Interested CUHK students and staff are also welcome to join the workshops.


The workshops are classified in five categories:

  1. Problem Definition
  2. Data Preparation
  3. Analysis/Modeling/Validation
  4. Presentation/Visualization
  5. Deployment

Students who attend at least one workshop in every category will be issued a certificate of attendance (Introduction to Data Competency Certificate). For those workshops that fall into multiple categories, only one category can be considered for fulfilling the requirement. Students who want to receive the certificate are required to attend at least 5 workshops, with one from each category.  











Build Rapid Data Solutions on Google Cloud Platform


Mr. Pili Hu, Google, Ads Professional Services

Mr. Darren Chiu, Google, Ads Professional Services

This workshop will walk you through some common Google Cloud components and APIs, and demonstrate the entire lifecycle of a complete data solution. The end goal is to enable the participants to quickly build and deploy data applications at scale. Tentative topics include: CloudFunc, Cloud Pub/Sub, Cloud Scheduler, BigQuery, DataStudio, BigQuery API, Cloud NLP API, Cloud Vision API, AutoML Tables.

15 May 2021 (Sat) 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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Real-time Decision Making and Trends


Mr. Perkins Ho, Senior Business Development Manager, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Mr. Casper Mak, GCR Analytics Specialist, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

The unprecedented pandemic has transformed our way of life and works. People are wanted to be informed about any imminent events through real-time analytics. This workshop will cover some day-to-day examples and resonate with how data distilled to make a real-time decision.

17 May 2021 (Mon) 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Web and Database Programming in Python

Instructor: Prof. Bernard Suen, Center for Entrepreneurship, CUHK

This workshop aims to introduce Python Flask, a popular web application framework for connecting to SQL (e.g. MySQL) and NoSQL (e.g. MongoDB) databases on the back-end and serving RESTful API requests originated from the front-end (e.g. web browser or mobile) following a MVC (model-view-controller) framework.
The 2 part hands-on workshop aims to cover the following:

Part I:

a) Set up of the Flask framework enabled with the Jinja2 template system

b) Set up of MySQL database for basic CRUD (create, retrieve, update, and delete) support

c) Introduction to authentication and authorization using Basic Auth and JWT (Java Web Tokens)

Part II:

d) Setup of RESTful API endpoints and JSONification of MySQL data for data exchange and operations

e) Discussions and demonstrations of advanced algorithmic model integration for data scraping, IoT connections, exploratory data analysis, machine learning, and data visualization.


*Knowledge of Python, HTML/CSS/JavaScript and SQL databases are required for signing up the workshop.


Part I: 18 May 2021 (Tue)


Part II: 20 May 2021 (Thu)

6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

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Ingest and Analyze IoT Data with Azure 

Instructor: Mr. Mike Chan, Data & AI Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft


Most of the IoT (Internet of Things) value comes from analyzing its data. However, ingesting analyzing high volume of data can be a complex task. During this 1-hour workshop session, you’ll learn how to use Azure for databases, big data options, and processing IoT streaming data on the platform.

  • Overview of Microsoft Azure Data & IoT solutions
  • Short IoT demo: Azure IoT Central in action
  • Tips to get started using Azure Data & IoT platform


20 May 2021 (Thu)

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

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Get started with Microsoft Azure Data & AI services 

Instructor: Mr. Aaron Chong, Data & AI Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft


This 1-hour introductory session will provide the fundamental concepts necessary to understand the capabilities and usage of the Azure Data & AI platform. It will help you gain high-level understanding on how to build intelligent, custom solutions using Azure cognitive services, bot service, machine learning, big data processing and visualization tools.


  • Overview of Microsoft Azure AI solutions
  • Short AI demo: Azure Cognitive Services in action
  • Tips to get started using Azure Data & AI platform


20 May 2021 (Thu)

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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Co-organizers: Center for Entrepreneurship, CUHK Library, Data Science and Policy Studies Programme, Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, Department of Management, Department of Social Work, Entrepreneurship and Innovation (EPIN) Minor Programme, School of Journalism and Communication of CUHK


Platinum Sponsor: Amazon Web Services

Sponsors: Microsoft, Yesports


Please email to or for enquiries